By Bryce J. Renninger | Indiewire December 28, 2011 at 2:34PM
Less than twenty-four hours before the Bloomberg ordered the NYPD to vacate Zucotti Park of the Occupy Wall Street protestors, the group Occupy Cinema hosted a screening of films by avant-garde filmmaker Ken Jacobs. The Anthology Film Archives in New York will rescreen that program on January 7. Anthology will also screen a series of films shot earlier this year at the Zucotti Park encampment and films that address the issues the protestors have focused on over the January 7-8 weekend.
Full release follows below.
OCCUPY WALL STREET AT AFA!
In support of the Occupy Wall Street movement, Anthology presents these programs featuring politically-committed, protest-themed work by filmmakers Ken Jacobs, Peter Whitehead, Travis Wilkerson, and others. Co-organized by Occupy Cinema, the weekend will combine completed works with footage shot at OWS protests throughout the world.
For more radical political filmmaking, check out the extensive INTERNATIONALIST CINEMA FOR TODAY series, coming up in March.
To be screened:
KEN JACOBS PROGRAM
This program features several new and recent videos by avant-garde master Ken Jacobs, a filmmaker who has long distinguished himself by combining challenging perceptual experimentation with impassioned political protest. A fervent supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement from day one, Jacobs has been enthusiastically filming the protests, and offering his work in support of the cause. This program, which includes his extraordinary new video work, SEEKING THE MONKEY KING (whose mind-blowing Dolby 5.1 soundtrack will triumphantly show off Anthology’s newly upgraded Courthouse Theater sound system), duplicates one that was presented at Zuccotti Park just over 24 hours before the NYPD raided and cleared the encampment.
SEEKING THE MONKEY KING
2011, 40 minutes, digital video. Music by JG Thirlwell; production assistants: Jason Drakeford and Nisi Jacobs.
“The film could have well been called KICKING AND SCREAMING but that only describes me in the process of making it, questioning its taste. Once the message kicked in it overrode all objection. … [It] is a reversion to my mid-twenties and that sense of horror that drove the making of STAR SPANGLED TO DEATH.” –K.J.
ANOTHER OCCUPATION (2011, 15 minutes, digital video)
CAPITALISM: CHILD LABOR (2006, 14 minutes, digital video)
CAPITALISM: SLAVERY (2006, 3 minutes, digital video, silent)
Excerpts from OCCUPY WALL STREET, THE 99% JOIN IN (2011)
“I videotaped in 3D the Zuccotti site and then this unending and unreported march of 50,000 to a 100,000 people coming down Broadway to join the protesters.” –K.J.
Total running time: ca. 90 minutes.
–Saturday, January 7 at 5:15.
OCCUPY CINEMA PRESENTS: NEWS FROM THE NIGHT
AN INJURY TO ONE
2002, 53 minutes, video.
Charting the rise and fall of Butte, Montana, and focusing on the mysterious death of Wobbly organizer Frank Little, this experimental documentary by Travis Wilkerson (who has been closely involved in OWS Los Angeles) chronicles a particularly volatile moment in early-20th-century American labor history.
“One of American independent cinema’s great achievements of the past decade.” –Dennis Lim, LOS ANGELES TIMES
A COLLECTION OF YOUTUBE CLIPS AND OTHER FOOTAGE OF OCCUPY WALL STREET PROTESTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Out of the cultural wasteland of cute-baby and dancing-cat videos come these unseen, uncensored, eyewitness accounts of direct democracy, shot by the world, curated by Occupy Cinema.
Members of Occupy Cinema will be here in person to present the program!
–Saturday, January 7 at 7:15.
1969, 120 minutes, 16mm-to-video.
An extraordinary piece of filmmaking, and an extremely personal statement on violence, revolution, and the turbulence within late-60s America, THE FALL culminates with unforgettable footage of the 1968 student occupation of Columbia University.
Filmed entirely in and around NY between October 1967 and June 1968, the film features Robert Kennedy, The Bread and Puppet Theater, Paul Auster (as a fresh-faced Columbia student), Tom Hayden, Mark Rudd, Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown, Arthur Miller, Robert Lowell, Robert Rauschenberg, and The Deconstructivists.
“In the final movement, Whitehead puts on his red shades and moves in with the Columbia students barricaded in Low Library. There’s fresh material here of free-form Motown dancing and the preparations for police assault, which, when it comes, has the chaos of combat photography.” –J. Hoberman, VILLAGE VOICE
Peter Whitehead wishes to offer this screening to the Occupying people of NYC.
–Sunday, January 8 at 7:00.